“Sonic is Sega’s flagship IP, and we are considering reboots and remakes for it in parallel with new titles,” says Sega president and COO Yukio Sugino.
Sonic the Hedgehog might be an IP that sees its fair share of ups and downs, but it also remains Sega’s most important property. The company has recently adopted a strategy of implementing new ideas as it looks to expand it further, from last year’s Sonic Frontiers being the series’ first open world game to the upcoming 2D platformer Sonic Superstars being the first to feature co-op- though it seems the company is also interested in revisiting the series’ past.
In a recent interview with Famitsu, Sega president and COO Yukio Sugino spoke about the same, stating that though new titles in the franchise are obviously continue to get made, the company is also Sonic “considering reboots and remakes” for the future.
“Of course, we have to do new things, but not all IPs are the same for new releases and reboots,” Sugino said (translation via VGC). “For each IP, we will choose which method is appropriate at this time. Sonic is Sega’s flagship IP, and we are considering reboots and remakes for it in parallel with new titles.”
Of course, Sega is no stranger to releasing remakes, even if it’s an area where we haven’t seen too much of Sonic. The company has released a number of remakes of Yakuza titles, with the most recent being Like a Dragon: Ishin!, which launched earlier this year. Persona 3 Reload, meanwhile, is set to launch in early 2024, while reports have claimed that the company also has reboots of Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio in the works.
As for Sonic, while it remains to be seen whether the series will be turning its attention to potential remakes, fans do still have plenty to look forward to in the near future. Sonic Superstars is set to launch sometime this year for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.